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21 Jul 2012 11:40 PM
I just returned from a week in Petaluma... OMG, fabulous! The days were warm enough that it was comfortable, the nights were cold and that was even more comfortable! I am a cool to cold weather girl... I'm sure it does get warm but if that is the norm, I would move to Petaluma (or that area) in a heartbeat!
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It was like that last summer too, so I would say it was the norm. It was wonderful. I loved it. Hubs and I want to go back there
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17 Aug 2012 12:34 PM
I know this varies from unit to unit but what is the watch/duty rotation as an OS3 at a sector or cutter?
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17 Aug 2012 04:57 PM
Can't speak for cutters, but sectors are usually some sort of 2 days on, 2 days off (or 3 days on, 3 days off) variation. Usually 12 hours. I know 1 person that does 8 hours, but she does not work at a Sector.

I work 2 days, 2 days off, sliding weekends. So, I will work M, T, off W, F, work, F, Sat, Sun, off M, T, work W, T, off F, Sat, Sun. I switch from days to nights every 4 weeks.
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19 Aug 2012 04:47 PM
I saw on the newest A school wait lists that OS school is 9 months to a year wait time. Lots of what I've read has said that either OS school may be a possible guaranteed for someone in DEP or, more often, people are mentioning that this is proof that the OS rating is gonna be phased out.
Since I'm currently an outsider looking in, I figure this is mostly scuttlebutt. Thoughts?
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19 Aug 2012 05:52 PM
No way the OS rating gets phased out. They're way too important to the CG. Not sure where that theory may have come from. As far as guaranteed school, the only guaranteed A school right now is Food Service Specialist. There's been no indication that OS will be added tithe guaranteed list any time soon.
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19 Aug 2012 06:41 PM
that's what I figured.  My brother-in-law was an OS before he switched to IS when it came out and based on what he told me and what I've read, OS's do a lot!  I can't figure them getting phased either.  Most of what I'd read mentioned merging OS with something else.  
Couldn't help but ask though.  Thanks for the speedy replies Cooch!
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19 Aug 2012 07:14 PM
OS is a combination of the old RD, TC, and even some small parts of the QM ratings. I don't forsee them merging again. If anything, I've heard some people that want them to split back into two separate ratings. At this point though, a lot of time and money has been invested into this rating, so I can't see it happening. Stranger things have happened though. Look at the LE side. They took a part-time collateral duty (maritime law enforcement) and built an entire rating around it.
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23 Aug 2012 04:25 PM
Chief Dawson was during my Indoc, and was part of it during activities. He is awesome.
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01 Sep 2012 10:33 PM
He's a very cool guy. Former Company Commander as well.
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25 Sep 2012 04:58 PM
Does anyone know the waiting list for OS ? and what to study to get me ready for A school...
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25 Sep 2012 05:24 PM
the waiting list says 9-12 months. I just put my name on the list Aug. 7th and I will be going to the Feb. or March class. so about 6 months for me.
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26 Sep 2012 11:52 PM
you wouldn't happen to recollect the shortest school times...
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27 Sep 2012 04:49 AM
Here is the school list: http://www.uscg.mil/epm/docs/a-schoollist.pdf

Don't pick a school based solely on wait time.
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27 Sep 2012 05:23 AM
Legacy,

Picking an A School based only on wait times would make you very unhappy and pretty much a really bad Petty Officer. Something worth having is worth waiting for. To just attempt to make Petty Officer by any means, any rate... poor, poor choice!
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13 Oct 2012 07:43 PM
I second that of Old Guard2, I have had to many OS3's work for me that just went to the school because of either the wait time or the bonus they were offering, and they were misserable their entire tour....this not only effects the member, it effects everyone they work with and for....

Please make your choice of rate based on your research of the job itself, if not for yourself but for all the shipmates you will be working with.

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13 Oct 2012 07:47 PM
Chief, Welcome aboard. I hope you join us in many conversations.
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23 Oct 2012 08:18 PM
you will be taught everything from the instructors at a-school.
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24 Oct 2012 06:39 PM
I am joining the CG and leave for boot camp in jan or feb. I am considering being an OS (debating between an OS or an IT) and i was wondering which is suggested. thanks! (i scored a 90 on the asvab and I have a 4 year degree if that makes a difference)
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24 Oct 2012 09:51 PM
Well they are two totally different ratings. You have to pick which one is right for you. Talking on the radio vs. working on computers. Take a look around this thread and the IT thread to get some more info on those ratings.
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02 Dec 2012 04:10 PM
Hey OS3's


I just took the new OS2 ERATS test, super hard. Has anyone passed, and if so what are you studying and what manuals are you looking in for the tests?


I have started a sweet study guide.

Let me know


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05 Jan 2013 05:54 PM
I am debating between becoming an OS or an IT.  Do you have any advice?  thank you!
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06 Jan 2013 08:22 AM
Depends on what you like, IT's work on phone lines and things like that.

An OS works on Operations for a Sector. I see cases from medivac's to law enforcement and oil spills. We stand a different duty then anyone and most of the OS world only has that duty. I believe here in SD, ITs stand their duty and some stand OOD.  IT's stand an oncall duty and overnight duty. I dont know a lot about the IT rate. I do know that if I need my phones fixed I call the duty IT. 
 

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06 Jan 2013 12:18 PM
I am an IT if you have questions. IT and OS are two very different rates.
here is a response I wrote about what i do day to day:
Yeah it matters if you are at Land and then what type of land unit you're at. On Cutters you can be an independent duty IT by yourself or have some small support. You take care of the server on the cutter and all the users. You won't be running new cabling in the ship since the computers/phones never move. ESUs (Electronic Systems Support unit) take care of a lot of administration stuff and actually I don't know too much about them even though I was just at one a week ago. ESDs (Electronic Support Detachments) are the working ITs. A normal day as an IT is a pretty broad range some days you're just working tickets taking care of a broken power supply or installing something for a user. Some days you'll be running cable or fiber, doing a phone move, troubleshooting runs, programming switches, deploying a new server, etc. My ESD supports several units over 3 states and a couple cutters so we do some driving to get to them. Usually I am on the road 2-3 times a week going to units. The last week I was at work I troubleshot a station's pier phone and the cable run out to the pier, troubleshot a phone run at another station and replaced a handset that was bad, reprogrammed 2 Cisco switches, finished working on the COOP kit(in case of a hurricane we relocate the base to a secure building) making sure we had inventories, the server password was set right, the laptops were all ready to deploy, I went and practiced Cooping working on getting our network to work with another government agency's network. After that I troubleshot a cutters phone system because they couldn't get their alarms and whistle to work and it was just a loose cable. Sometimes doing things like 100 user transfers can get boring but each job does have it's ups and downs.


Here is the IT A school thread: http://www.uscg.org/Forum/aft/7381.aspx
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08 Jan 2013 11:31 AM
In my research it seemed like IT's worked mostly on phones as opposed to computers.  is this true?  do you like your job and what are some props and cons?
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08 Jan 2013 11:47 AM
You posted this is the OS thread. You might want to repost in the IT thread.
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08 Jan 2013 01:37 PM


Qualifications:

You should have the ability to work in a stressful and high-paced environment, aptitudes for working with computer-based applications, and exceptional attention to detail. You must have normal color vision, normal hearing, be a U.S. citizen and become eligible to access classified information.


This is one of the ratings that I am interested in. I was wondering, what is normal hearing? Do they test your hearing again or do they go by the MEPS hearing test results?
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23 Jan 2013 08:00 PM
hey everyone im currently a nonrate in the cg and trying to figure out what rate to go. OS is one of my choices. I stand watch at my station and have been told that OS is very similar. is that true and what other kind of jobs do they hold? I enjoy working cases and the excitment that comes with it. I have read through some of this thread but any further information and advice is greatly appeciated. Thanks!
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31 Jan 2013 02:17 PM
Hey OS's! So Navy offered me IS, Coast Guard Res offered me OS... And I'm going Coast Guard! I'm older (34) and doing DEPOT in June, A School in July and I want to deploy AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. I wasn't able to go active as anything other than FS (done too much FS in the civilian world already) so Res was my best option. How often do voluntary deployments come up for reservists, ballpark- once a year? 6 times a year? Once every 2 years? Thanks, OS's.

PS- does it make a difference that my reserve base is a PSU? Good or bad?
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01 Feb 2013 07:31 AM
If you're at a PSU you should definitely be deploying. Your unit should be able to give you an idea of their deployment schedule.
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